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Afghan cricketers beat Anglican side in benefit match

01 October 2021

Richard Watt

A team of Afghan cricketers beat a scratch Anglican side in Beckenham, south-east London, in a benefit match last month (News, 3 September).

The game was organised by the Revd Chris Kennedy, captain of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI, which on the day was augmented by extra players, including the actor Colin Salmon and the ex-England cricketer Chris Lewis.

It took the name Heaven Help Us. The Afghan side, made up of refugees with leave to remain in the UK, kept the Anglicans to 137 in their 20 overs, replying with 138 for 8 with one-and-a-half overs to spare.

A crowdfunder before the match raised £1300 for the Afghan refugee crisis.

The match was hosted by Lord Patel of Bradford, who chairs Social Work England and is a former director of the England and Wales Cricket Board. It received the support of the Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England, the Revd Dr Richard Sudworth.

Before the match, Mr Kennedy said: “As well as raising profile and funds, we also want to bring the communities together for unity and for peace.”

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